|WI DNR Learn to Hunt Waterfowl|
Fall 2013 Learn to Hunt Opportunity at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
Thirty (30) young hunters, from ages 12-17 will have the unique opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime duck hunt on the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (HNWR). In addition, select hunting areas on the Horicon State Wildlife Area, which is operated by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will be opened this year for twelve (12) novice hunters ages 10 thru adult.
A drawing of the applications will be held on September 7, 2013 to determine successful and eligible candidates. First time applicants will be given priority. Successful applicants must also complete a mandatory four hour orientation and training session which will be hosted by the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (WWA), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This class will include waterfowl identification, gun safety, water safety, duck calling, range estimation, hunting tactics and lunch. The hunts will be mentored by experienced waterfowl hunters. There will be one mentor per hunter and only the successful applicant will be allowed to hunt.
Some history on our program...
In 2009, WWA's Green Bay Chapter held the first ever Learn to Goose Hunt (LTH) program in Wisconsin at the Pittsfield Trap Club. Even though not all six first-time hunters were successful in harvesting geese, they all had a great time and took home some valuable insight into the hunting world, provided by all of their LTH mentors.
This is an example of the type of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) LTH programs that WWA is seeking to expand statewide. In 2010, the Green Bay Chapter again held a LTH program at the Pittsfield Trap Club but were able to expand their program to twelve new hunters! In addition to the Green Bay Chapter, WWA's Chippewa Valley (Eau Claire) and St. Croix Valley (Hudson) Chapters each held their first LTH Waterfowl Programs last year. Both of these proved to be a great success in introducing new hunters to the sport of waterfowl hunting!
WWA, partnering with WDNR and the Hunter's Network of Wisconsin, has committed to expanding the LTH efforts across Wisconsin with at least eight new events in 2011. To learn more about our program, or to state one in your area, contact us at 800.524.8460 or
For more information on recruiting Wisconsin's next generation of sportsmen and women, please visit the Hunter's Network of Wisconsin.
Pictured above, a LTH participant takes aim during the WWA St. Croix (Hudson) Chapter's Learn to Hunt event during the Fall of 2010